Costa Rica Hauler Monkeys

Previous post showed a few spider monkeys. This time we have a few hauler monkeys. They probably have them all over Costa Rica, but we some them only in Guanacaste province. We stayed at nice resort in Hacienda Pinilla and these guys were living in the forest on the property. They are so loud. Bunch of them were sitting on tree right above the side road and made all kind of noise. We were trying to figure out what was going on. We had couple theories about it. There could be two families with dominating males hauling like crazy at each other. Other possibility is that it was one family with multiple females fighting for extra time with their hubby. Monkey experts would probably can confirm one of these theories or come up with another one.


Just think about the noise was coming out of that big mouse. 


He look pissed.


This one is not so pissed.


Ohh, cute little monkeys. These two are females.


Costa Rica Spider Monkeys

Costa Rica has a few different species of monkeys. When we went there last year we were fortunate to see three different types of them. In this post I have a few pictures of the Spider Monkey.

I took these pictures near lake Arenal. We went to one of the parks with hanging bridges, one you have to pay like $20 per person. Bridges were cool, but for the most part the wild life was not as abundant, till we were on one of the bridges looking at some birds or something and saw some movement high in the trees. The whole family of spider monkeys was moving across from one part of the jungle to another. Unfortunately they were not moving right above us, but more to the side and fairly far away and they were moving fast. We counted at least a dozen of them. I took  a lot of pictures, but most of them didn’t pan out. Some did. I do not know if monkeys captured here are males or females. One of them, last in the series, is female, that is for sure.

This guys posed the best for me. He even looked straight at me. Just look above at the header of this blog.


Same one looking up.


This is probably why they call them spider monkeys. How nicely she stretches between the trees, perfect acrobatic pose.


Tail use is amazing. It is like fifth leg.


This one is the girl, that is for sure. Males do not care their babies like that.


Kazakhstan 2005

Almaty is the host to 2011 Asian Winter Games. I bet right now they are working hard on fixing all of the venues to get them ready.

I took these photos back in 2005.

This is an open air ice field. It was usually open from September through May, so this August I do not expect it to be operational. I skated there many times and watched a few ball hockey games and motorcycle racing. Both on ice of course. Highly recommend, especially motorcycle racing. This rink is called Medeo, it is about 30 minutes from the city, in the mountains. Next year it will be one of the ice rinks for the winter games. And if you turn 180 around at the spot where picture was taken from and look into the mountains you will see a ski resort, called Chimbulak. It will be the main venue for all mountain sports. I hope we can make to it this summer and hike around, but again, it might be under construction.

I’m trying to remember if this is an Opera house or one of the Government buildings.


This is the view on the above mentioned Chimbulak. Far away hills right under the stony part are down hill slopes.

Ships and goats going back from the mountains to their houses. Beah, Beah, Beah. This was in small village, Kok Tube, about two hours east from Almaty.


Kazakhstan 2001

In one month we are going to Kazakhstan. Here are some pictures from 2001.

Alma-Ata has very large sidewalks. That guy is sweeping it from the fallen leaves. To your left is water canal “arik”, every street has one on each side. As you can see, all trees have white paint on them, it is done for a reason. Every Spring all trees, the first 4-5 feet off the ground, are painted with lime based paint, it kills bugs when they attempt to  clime up the tree.


Mountains always have snow, even in the summer time. This was in September, so there is more snow and it is at lower elevations. The Muslim Minaret was built sometime in the late 90th, it did not exist during Soviet times.


This is Issik River, next to the market in a little town called Issik. All rivers around Almaty are enclosed in concrete to control water flow.


Monument to 28 “Panfilov Soldiers”. They were from “Panfilov” village in Kazakhstan and were defending Moscow from Germans. All of them died there.


Next time I’ll post a few pictures from 2005.

Another Cool Sunset

Here is another picture I took a few days back in Tysons Corner. I like how colors from the sun are living in the water and it is going from the light pink on the left to some bright yellow to the right. Click on it to see it large on my photo blog site, it looks much better in large, as you can see the water frozen in that millisecond.